A new feature this season at Eyes On The Prize will be a regular look at Habs Heroes from the past. It could be a look at an all time great like Rocket Richard or Jean Beliveau, to a fan favorite such as Mats Naslund or Mike McPhee
First off, an introduction. My name is Joe Pelletier (Twitter: @HockeyLegends). The departed Robert Lefebvre, the true Habs historian, asked me to step in and help fill the history void his departure has created. While I am not as intimately educated on Montreal's history like Robert is, hockey history is my field.
With Robert's invite and Kevin van Steendelaar's blessing, my goal is to keep alive the memories of the great Montreal players of the past. I want to bring a personal approach to it, like the late Jack Falla would have. I hope that you the readers and commentors in turn contribute with your own personal memories.
Many of you may recognize me from Greatest Hockey Legends.com, where I am known as the Hockey History Blogger. I have over 1300 former NHL players as well as international and female stars. I also have many historical features as well as tying today's games with the lessons of the past.
Others yet may know me for my two published books: The World Cup of Hockey and The Legends of Team Canada. I have also written for The Hockey News, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, several NHL teams, as well researching and writing for countless media outlets, publishers and projects.
I may not be able to fill Robert Lefebvre's huge shoes in the Habs history community. But I'm hoping that we as a community can keep hockey history alive by sharing our memories of players from the past in our own personal way.
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